Delhi police registered a first information report (FIR) against tennis star Maria Sharapova on charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy, the Times of India reported on Sunday.

According to Times of India, the tennis player had publicised a housing project "Ballet by Sharapova" in Gurgaon, a city outside Delhi. The project was supposed to be completed by 2016, however, it never came to fruition.

The FIR was registered following a court order that was issued after Bhawana Agarwal, a resident of Gurgaon, lodged a legal complaint against the tennis player and the project developers.

The companies Homestead Infrastructure Development, Homestead Infrastructure Maintenance and Homestead Arabic Homes that were involved in the development of the housing project have also been named in the FIR in addition to Sharapova.

The complainant accused that Sharapova had "aggressively promoted" the project and "lured" prospective buyers and therefore, is equally guilty of "fraudulent activities" as the developers of the project.

The next hearing of the case has been delayed until November 23.



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